2017 is already halfway through, and if you have not already renewed that expired passport and your sense of adventure, there is still plenty of time to travel before the year is over. While global events, financial ups and downs and international news have impacted the traveling destinations that most people select this year, the good news is, it is now cheaper than ever to traverse the various cities of the world. If you have not yet made up your mind about which cities to travel to this year, here are the most popular cities for travelers this year:
Boudreaux’s brand new LGV Sud-Ouest line, which connects the city with high-speed train networks from various parts of Europe, has made Bordeaux one of the must see places in Europe this year. The train will also cut the time it takes to get to Paris down to two hours, which only helps to make it an ideal travel destination. Bordeaux is not only blessed with amazing scenery and exquisite wine culture, but the cuisine is also growing exponentially to fuse both old and new elements of food preparation.
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is by far one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Africa. Not only does the city enjoy a vibrant and diverse multi-ethnic culture, it is also a cradle of African innovation, fashion, and style. The city has the perfect mix of traditional cultural elements which are mostly experienced in the city’s boroughs and contemporary aspects, which are mainly experienced in the urban areas. Apart from the traditions and culture, Cape Town also boasts of amazing local cuisine that is characterized heavily by the Braai (barbecue) culture.
Merida is one of the most cultural cities in Mexico. Although other cities in Mexico such as Cancun are more popular with tourists, relatively unknown cities such as Merida are slowly becoming a crowd favorite. Merida is full of lively art and dance performances in various parts of the city, and the culinary scene is equally as tantalizing. If the culture is not enough to convince you, Merida is classified as one of the safest cities for tourists to visit in Mexico.
Pistoia is also sometimes known as Little Florence due to the high concentration of world-class architectures and art. Although this little Tuscan town has a lot to offer, it has often been excluded by tourists that arrive in Florence. However, in 2017, Pistoia is set to receive thousands of visitors as it was named officially as the Capital of Culture this year.